Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2012
    This description of Eric Glustrom's work was prepared when Eric Glustrom was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2012.
    With the understanding that persistent poverty and social challenges cannot be solved without developing strong and resourceful leadership, Eric Glustrom partners with Ugandan schools to provide a practice-based social entrepreneurship program that empowers young people to think, and act, like changemakers.
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    n 2013, Eric started Watson University, a new university model in Boulder, Colorado for student innovators, leaders and entrepreneurs aged 18-23 that includes master courses from the world’s foremost leaders, entrepreneurs, and thinkers including a co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people and more; intensive mentorship; and training in the entrepreneurial skills of empathy, creativity, resilience, grit, bootstrapping, team building and fundraising. Watson helps students develop and advance solutions to the toughest challenges facing the world. Students can come to Watson in Boulder for a two year, accredited Bachelor's of Science in Entrepreneurship through our collaboration with Lynn University, a semester program, or summer Institutes in the Philippines and Philadelphia.

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